Way to use your leftover scraps + Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017


Hello and happy Tuesday!  It is so nice to be back and sharing projects with you again.  For my project today I want to share one way you can use your leftover scraps of cardstock to create a quick and super FUN kid's card.  This technique is great for other card types too.  Not just kid's card.  Also, today's card was made for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  For  the complete details about the card drive, you can see it on this page HERE on my blog or in my blog post HERE.  

For supplies use in this project, please see the thumbnail at the end of this post, linked to the shop where I purchased them from.  If an item is unavailable at the purchased shop, I will try my best to link to other shops that do carry it to save you time from searching around.

I started by creating my A2 (4.25"x5.50") base card first using the gina K. designs' Turquoise Sea heavyweight cardstock.  Next I die cut out the cloud from the MFT Stitched Cloud Edges onto the gina K. designs' white layering cardstock and adhered that to the base card. 

I combined leftover strips of cardstock from old projects with the Simon Says Stamp Nested Hearts wafer dies to create the rainbow heart balloon.  Since this card is going to a young child, I thought it would be fun to add googly eyes to the balloon   I couldn't stop there.  I was having too much fun.  So I adhere a small red heart on for the nose and piped in a smile with Ranger enamel accent - white.  How CUTE is that!

The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted Brushed Greetings II.  I stamped it with the Lawn Fawn Black Licorice premium dye ink.

To complete the card, I drew on the string for the balloon with Copic multiliner pen, colored with Wink of Stella - red and pop a small pearl embellishment to the center of the bow.

One last look at the card.

I would like to support the following challenge with my heart balloon card entry: Word Art Wednesday (Anything Goes #264-265).

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your day with me.  May you have a lovely rest of your week.


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the thumbnail picture or wording to take you directly to the product. If the item is unavailable at the purchased shop, I will try my best to link to other shops that do carry it to save you time from searching around.

MFT Stitched Cloud Edges

Brush Greetings II

SSS Nested Hearts Wafer Dies

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Lawn Fawn Black LICORICE Premium Dye Ink Pad

Tonic Max 12" Guillotine Paper Trimmer


Ranger Enamel Accents-Glacier White

Zig Wink of Sella - RED

gina K. designs - WHITE layering Cardstock

gina K. designs - Turquoise Sea

Copic multiliner pen 0.1mm

Hug A Heart Card Drive 2017


Hello and welcome!  Thank you for joining me today for the launch of the first 2017 Hug a Heart Card Drive!  The purpose of this card drive, which runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17, is to collect handmade heart theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as "Thinking of You", "Hello" or "Just Because" cards to distribute to the Heart Center patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during next month American Heart Month.

Many patients do not realize they have heart disease and amongst these are patients who are born with defects called congenital heart disease.  Throughout the year, the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, like many other hospitals, care for many patients with various forms of heart disease.  American Heart Month is especially an important time to not only raise awareness but a time to promote healthy habits and improve patients’ health.  Patients with congenital heart disease are particularly at risk and American Heart Month is a great time to help lift the spirits of these patients who are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.

I hope that you will be able to join me in this heartfelt cause. The cards you donate will not only brighten a heart patient’s day during Heart Month, but will positively impact that child’s life beyond what you can imagine.   

Please see below for more information about congential heart disease and the complete card donation guidelines. Thank you so much for your generosity and gift of cards!


“Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect and results in sometimes very complex disease that require multiple surgery and prolonged hospitalization. The advance in medical care and surgical techniques have improved survival for many of these patients who are born with various forms of congenital heart disease. However, for some congenital heart disease there is no cure and only palliative procedures are able to be perform which though imperfect gives the patients a chance at life. The success of treatment for patients with congenital heart disease has allowed many to become adults. Despite the success, many patients still require many medications, procedures and revisions improve the prior repair. For some patients, the only option is to undergo a heart transplant. Although Heart Month which is occurs in February focuses on important adult onset disease such as heart attacks and stroke, it is a particularly important month for patients with congenital heart disease as they are also at risk of developing these same disease like any one of us. However, given their congenital heart disease the risk of having an additional acquired heart disease makes it even more important for these patients. We hope that the Hug a Heart Card Drive can give these patients some heart-warming messages.” - Dr. Kan N. Hor (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital)


Please mark your calendar for a blog hop party on February 1st (with prize) to celebrate the Hug a Heart Card Drive and to help raise awareness about heart disease and promote healthier lifestyle changes.


I would like to acknowledge and extend my heartfelt gratitude to Donna Ellis, Lori Kobular, Becky Partan, Sue Drees, Edwina Brown and Sybrina K for their help with organizing the launch for this year first Hug a Heart Card Drive.  I could not have done this without these amazing, talented and tender hearted women!  Thank you so much Donna, Lori, Becky, Sue, Edwina and Sybrina!


  • Hug a Heart card drive is opens to both U.S. and International participants.   Anyone is welcome to help make the cards, including young children. 
  • Deadline: This card drive ends on February 14th 2017.  Please have your cards to us by February 14th. 
  • Card Types: handmade cheerful “heart” theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because cards for children between ages of 1 to 19.  As long there are hearts on the cards, it counts. 
  • Greetings (Sentiments) on your cardfront is optional.  But if you do include one, here are some suggestions: sending hugs, sending smiles, thinking of you, wishing you a beautiful day, hello and Happy Heart Day.  NO Valentine’s Day greetings please.
  • Inside of cards: Please do not stamp or write inside the card.  Keep it completely blank so hospital staff may write a personal message to each individual patient.  If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a white or light colored piece of cardstock to the inside of card to make it easier for patients to read the hand-written message. 
  • Card size: please try to keep it to an A2 size card (finished 4.25”x5.5”). 
  • Back of cards: This is completely optional.  You may include a label “handmade by + your name + Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017” to the back of your card.  It can be a hand-written, stamped or small computer printout label.
  • Please include an envelope for each card. Do not seal the envelope.
  • Please do not use loose glitter as it will get on hands and into eyes. 
  • Please keep embellishments to a minimum and avoid using any that might be unsafe for young children. 


Please package your cards in a box or padded envelope to ensure they arrive undamaged.  Please include the following information with the cards so that I may acknowledge your gift of cards and enter you for the "Thank You" prize giveaways below.
Your Full Name
E-mail Address
Mailing Address


P.O. BOX 517
DUBLIN, OH 43017


To thank you for your participation and generous gift of cards, we have several prize packages to give away. To be consider for the prize drawing, please be sure to include a form with your full name, email address and mailing address when mailing in your box/package of cards.
  • Heart Panda digi set by Christina Hor – everyone that send in cards will receive this pencil sketched Heart Panda digi set of mine.  The set also come with this gorgeous sentiment by the lovely Donna Ellis, made for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.

  • Craft Goodies – to two random U.S. participants.  Each a box of craft goodies, value at $25.
  • $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate - to two random International participants.
  • $50 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate: everyone that send in 30+ cards will be enter into this drawing.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me (Christina Hor) directly at info@christinahordesigns.com for any questions or clarifications you may have regarding the card drive.


Please help share with others about Hug a Heart Card Drive and brighten a heart patient’s day this February’s Heart Month by displaying the Hug a Heart Card Drive banner below on your blog's sidebar as well on social media.  Please use hashtag #hugaheartcarddrive when sharing on social media.  Thank you so kindly!

Happy Holidays!


Hello dear fellow crafters, bloggers and friends.

Another year has gone by and a new one will soon begin. What a joy it has been sharing projects ideas with you! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your creative journey this year and for your support of my blog.  I am also very thankful and honor to have come to know many of you on a personal level and be blessed with your friendship. I couldn't ask for a better Christmas gift than that! 

I will be taking time off from blogging between now until January 16th to spend the holiday with family and friends as well work on invitations for my two oldest kiddos' upcoming birthday next month.  I also have something fun planned for you in the months ahead as well  :)

I wish you and your love ones a happy holidays and to all my Christian friends, a very Merry Christmas!  Blessing to you in the coming new year.

2016 Holiday Cards - The Final

1.  Leaping Deer Kraft Holiday Card with Distress Inks Blending Background

I didn't get a chance to share this card until now as it was finished Monday evening.  I framed the card first with the SugarPea Designs' Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle frames on kraft.  Next, I ink blended the background with distress inks.  For the stars, I mixed Copic opaque white with a bit of water onto the acrylic block. Then splattered the mixture onto the background by flicking the tip of a paint brush against the acrylic block. Next, I dies cut out the Essential by Ellen- Leaping Deer on white cardstock, rubbed it with the Tonic Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer paste, added a dies cut bow to its neck and then adhered to the ink blending background.  The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Clear Stamp Set-Jingle Greetings. I heat embossed with the Ranger Embossing Powder-Sparkling Black.  

2. Ornament On Branch Holiday Card

Remember these two cards?  I shared these cards last week along with a tutorial on how to draw your own evergreen branches HERE.  

3. Partial Folder Style Card - Gift Card Holder

This is a gift card holder style card which I shared yesterday, Christmas Eve and it featured the colored digi version of my ornament on tree drawing. Due to poor printing setup quality, the color turned out much darker than the original coloring.  Inside I created  a partial folder to hold gift card which I also shared a tutorial on HERE

4. Gold Embossed Holiday Card w/ the Tim Holtz' 2016 Doodle Greetings #1

I didn't get to share this one as well.  I used the same Tim Holtz' 2016 Doodle Greetings #1 cling rubber stamp set from the previous card above to create a bunch of these quick and simple cards, embossed with the gorgeous gold Ranger embossing powder. Just look at how beautifully the powder melted and show off against the white cardstock! This is by far my most favorite gold powder!

5. Kids' Holiday Cards For the "Hug A Heart" Holiday Cards Drive

This first six I got the children involve and we had so much fun along the way.

And the final six, featuring my "A Snowman's Heart" image.